The Mural Festival in Montreal; A Celebration of Street Art

Street art done properly, it can transform a neighbourhood, and even an entire city. It enhances dull, and boring buildings, making them bright, and vibrant works of art. The streets become interesting, capturing imaginations, and a pleasure to discover. Montreal obviously agrees, as it recently held a mural festival, celebrating creativity with a variety of street art.

The illuminated crowd statue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-74 illuminated_crowd

The “Illuminated Crowd” not part of the festival, but very cool

A number of invited, talented young artists are decorating the buildings with original, and often amusing murals. There is usually a message to street art, it is often political, or poking fun at religion. It provokes thought, the viewer attempting to interpret the message of the artist.

Street art on the steps of a Montreal house, Quebec, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-81 street_art

Not all street art is part of the mural festival in colourful Montreal

Some of the artists were painting during the festival, and being interviewed about their work. There were thousands of visitors, admiring their creativity, complete or not.

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photographyIain Mallory-300-93 montreal_streetart

What am I missing?

Not all the art was on the buildings, many artists were producing portable paintings on glass. These were double-sided, the images visible on both sides. There was also more traditional artwork on large canvases, boards or even ISO shipping containers, plus many sculptors were displaying their artistic visions in three-dimensional forms.

People at the Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-87 montreal_streetart

Colourful streets

Musicians and dancers performed on street corners, beside busy bars or adjacent to food vendors. The music adding to the festival atmosphere, some were even worth listening to! Good or bad, they often had small crowds congregating around them, unfortunately one, or two only performed to themselves, but hey as long as they were having fun too!

Street performers and streetart at the Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory Montreal Montage-1

Festival of performers

A group of girl street dancers in red jumpsuits kept the crowd anticipating their performance, waiting several minutes, sitting and tapping their hands, and feet. Then when they did begin to move, they just stood up and danced off down the street, by which stage most watchers walked in the opposite direction. Not sure they got the concept of entertaining their audience, but they definitely had oodles of presence and attitude.

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-95 montreal_streetart

Card games

Occasionally there was a loud cheer, it wasn’t any particularly good street performer, or artist, but France scoring another goal in the World Cup. Most of bars were filled with jubilant, and boisterous French-speaking Canadians cheering on their team.

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-98 montreal_streetart

“God, and the devil are now playing scissors, paper, stone”

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-105 montreal_streetart

Planet of the Apes inspired?

Many thousands of street art lovers had descended on Montreal. Enjoying the great weather, dropping a coin in the hats of the street performers, and appreciating the artistic creativity on display. A mural festival is a great idea, apart from the fun atmosphere while it is being held, there is the lasting legacy of vibrant, colourful buildings, and an end to boring walls.

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-99 montreal_streetart

Mural of portraits

Let’s hope it’s a concept which really catches on elsewhere, there are plenty of dull cities that could do with a street art makeover.

Montreal mural festival of street art, the creative streets of the Quebec province city, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-101 montreal_streetart

My favourite

1

Comments 3

  1. Frank

    Nice photos of murals. I’m from Montreal and honestly didn’t know of this festival – but we’ve got TONS of great murals everywhere in Montreal, especially on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Really don’t know how they do it but they are fabulous artists.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  2. Kevin

    I grew up just outside Montreal and have a profound love for the street art that is all over the City. The amount of talent that Montreal has when it comes to the arts is incredible. Now when I travel I am constantly looking for street art because it reminds me of home. I was recently in Reykjavik, Iceland and found that the amount of street art (graffiti) I saw was rival to that of Montreal. In fact the first thing I did while in Iceland was to go around and take photos of all the awesome street art that I saw.

    Thanks for posting this as I have not been home in awhile and being able to see this pics gave that warm and fuzzy feeling for my home.

    Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.